No one seems to have asked you for a bit more info - ie. what is it about the ride you don't like (twitchy downhill, lifeless, too stretched, too satup etc etc etc) & What sort of terrain do you ride on?
Good point, but to be honest, I don't really know. I think it is possibly a bit stretched out, but hopefully moving the saddle to a more central position will help this... I'm not sure what my problem is really! Oooohh, just had a revelation - I made the transition from spds to flat pedals at the same time as buying this bike - maybe it's the lack of security from not being clipped in that's causing me to not love the bike as much because I'm too afraid to push it as much as I normally would....arghhhh! How silly of me not to think of this!! I feel like a right idiot now!
I think that's it! I think it's maybe a bit stretched out because I've been running a layback post (as far as I'm aware all dropper style posts have laybacks) and I'm not finding it as lively because I'm riding more conservatively because I'm afraid of coming off the pedals!
How tall are you and what size bike did you buy?
I'm just under 5'4" and have bought the extra small 13.5" frame (with a 21.7" ETT). It should fit pretty spot on, I think fit wise - it could simply be that I've had the saddle too far back!
fwiw - I think you are sending out mixed messages. You are using light xc wheels and are considering a lighter fork i.e. you seem to want a very racy setup. Yet you are proposing shoving the saddle a long way forward and use quite a short stem for a xc frame which are more trail orientated traits.
In fairness, I don't think that's true, but let me try and explain why... I'm using light wheels and kit because at 105lbs I've always been able to get away with light kit (even on bigger bikes) and also being light I find that heavy kit makes a real impact - as a percentage of my body weight even a light bike is heavier than some of my friends riding heavy bikes. As for the stem - I like the handling of 70mm stem on short-ish forks and having quite a short body, a shorter stem helps reduce the reach as well. As for the saddle, I'm not proposing shoving it a long way forward at all, I'm just proposing putting it in a central position on an inline post (as although it's far forward on the current layback, it's still further back than it would be in a central postion on an inline post). I understand how that could have all come across a bit mixed up, but I hope that explains my choices!
Stick with it & let yourselves gel over time. The position might help, & may be try it 5 or 10 psi more in the rear shock - give it a few months rather than a few rides.
Yes, I think that's what I'll do - I think the pedals could explain a huge amount as although I like the proper technique flats are teaching me, I'm loads more conservative going into dropoffs or hoping over rough stuff than I was in spds. I've been blaming it on the bike, but I think it's my riding due to the pedals!
I think the lack of liveliness I also alluded too, could (depsite my earlier denials) could possibly be running the shock a bit soft too. I figured, it's not blowing out and it doesn't feel squishy, so it's fine, but maybe a little more air would make it a tad more lively.
All in all though folks I'm a bit of a muppet who didn't think about my pedal changes! Sorry for wasting your time, but I still really appreciate all the advice - I'll pop on the inline post, go back to spds, put a little extra pressure in the shock and let you know how I get on!